Columbia Pictures Adapting Deryni Rising

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Columbia Pictures is bringing Katherine Kurtz’s “Deryni Rising” to the big screen, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The studio has picked up “Deryni” as a spec script by Alex Sabeti. Jimmy Miller is producing via his Mosaic.

“Deryni” is a historical fantasy novel first published in 1970 that launched Kurtz’s “Deryni Kingdom” series that, almost 40 years later, encompasses five trilogies, short stories and reference books.

The story is set in a medieval kingdom of humans alongside the Deryni, a race of people with psychic and magical abilities. The first novel centers on a young prince who, after the death of his father the king, must defend his throne from a Deryni usurper.

Sabeti also will serve as an executive producer.

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